U.S. Hard Red Winter Wheat Farmers Looking For Rain

The 2021/22 U.S. hard red winter (HRW) wheat crop is developing under a range of conditions.

However, rain makes grain, so anxious farmers are looking for clouds on the horizon.

Based on the USDA’s Crop Progress reports, issued each week on Mondays, the HRW crop seems to be starting on average footing compared to condition reports at the same time last year.

Yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week reported a 2% drop in the amount of winter wheat rated good and a 3% drop in the amount rated fair, while wheat rated as very poor grew by 16%.

Overall, the USDA puts 53% of the U.S. HRW wheat crop between good and excellent condition, a 2% drop from the week before.

Michael Peters, an Oklahoma HRW producer and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Secretary-Treasurer, noted that he had not received more than a half-inch of rain in the last 45 days.

For the full story from this week's Wheat Letter from USW, click here.

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USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (April 13): Dry Conditions Worsen in Texas, North Dakota, and Montana

USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report (April 12): Planting Off to Brisk Start, Winter Wheat Fails to Improve